Time and Tide Bell

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Bosta Time and Tide Bell

by Marcus Vergette

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Bosta Beach, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis, (installed June 19, 2010). The Outer Hebrides is some of the oldest rock/land on earth, and has been resisting the ravages of sea for 300 - 400 million years, from before the fossil record. The beach has been a point of arrival and departure for many different groups of people from the Iron Age, the Vikings, to the Clearances.

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Each bell has its own inscription chosen by that community.

Bosta Bell Inscription
Gun mhuthadh gun truas
A’ sluaisreadh gainneim h na trāgh’d
An ātaireachd bhuan
Cluinn fuaim na h-ātairreachd ārd.
Mo leabaidh dean suas
Ri fuaim na h-ātaireachd ārd.
  Without change, without pity
Breaking on the sand of the beach
The ceaseless surge
Listen to the high surge of the sea
Make my resting place be
By the sound of the surge of the sea


Listen to the Bosta Bell (mp3 audio file)




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